HIP HOP SQUARES 2017 with ICE Cube

Published on March 8th, 2017


By Anji Cross

March 8, 2017


MTV made a gutsy move in 2012 with the Urban upgrade of long running gameshow institution Hollywood Squares.  Coining the phrase “Come for the show, stay for the party” birthed an entirely new audience and new feel for the 6-decade old franchise. Taped in New York and hosted by “one of NY’s own” radio personality, talk show host and hip hop enthusiast Peter Rosenberg. The Hollywood Squares remix aired in May of 2012 and was MTV’s highest rated capturing the attention of viewers from 12-34! Pretty impressive! But it came to an end too quickly.


Good news! Breaking the Ribbon and reheating the seats is Executive Producer Ice Cube. March 13th, 2017 a new version will explode from VH1 and set a new standard of entertainment. For those of you who have never had the pleasure… Hollywood Squares is a high-powered, extremely entertaining, adlibable & unscripted simply hilarious game of Tic Tac Toe.  And hip hop style takes it to an all new level! Cube’s curt explanation: “Tic Tac Toe and get the doh.”  Eh, it’s a little corny but memorable, catchy? I guess, lol.


Although host Rosenberg put it down, he is replaced by Actor (21 Jumpstreet, Wild ‘N Out and How She Move), Comedian, Writer, and Producer DeRay Davis. Who to me, seems a better fit for the flavor and flow of the show. Celebrity “Facing off” and showing off their trivia chops are a star- cast including Cardi B French Montana, Mel B, Nelly, Karrueche Tran, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (Ice Cube’s son) Tyga, T-Pain and many, many more.  Ice Cube says, only in the way that he could… “You’re welcome VH1.” Tune in Monday March 13th at 9/8c.  Be there or be … uh … nevermind.

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